Crustacea Test Kits for Lab and On-Site Detection

Crustaceans belong to the arthropods and include a variety of different animals, like shrimps, prawns, lobsters, crabs or crayfish.

Crustaceans are among the most commonly consumed seafood, but also represent an important group of food allergens. Even very low amounts of crustacean proteins can trigger severe allergic reactions, with potentially fatal outcomes.

The major allergen in all crustaceans is the muscle protein tropomyosin. In many cases, the allergy appears not during childhood, but at later stages in life. Hence, the chance of outgrowing a crustacea allergy is very small.

Finned fish and crustacean shellfish do not come from related families, so being allergic to one does not necessarily mean that an allergic individual must avoid both.

Mandatory labeling of crustaceans in food

Crustaceans are among the so called “Big 8” food allergens that fall under the labeling requirements of the Opens external link in new windowU.S. FDA – FALCPA (2004). They are furthermore on the list of priority allergens according to Opens external link in new windowRegulation (EU) No 1169/201 in Europe. But the presence of crustacean proteins in foodstuffs must be clearly labeled by law also in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and many other countries.

Fast and highly sensitive crustacea test kits

The Romer Labs crustacea test kit portfolio covers ELISA and LFD methods for the quantitative and qualitative analysis of crustacean proteins in environmental samples, rinse waters and finished food products.



Lateral Flow Devices

The AgraStrip® Crustacea test kit is a ready-to-use lateral flow device (LFD) for on-site testing. This immunological test allows a rapid analysis of a wide range of food samples within only 11 minutes (including extraction).

AgraStrip® LFDs represent a fast and simple qualitative strip test method in which specific antibodies labeled with colloidal gold are used for visual color development at a test and control zone.

The test kit comes complete with strips, antibody coated incubation vials, extraction tubes, an extraction buffer, surface swabs and additional accessories.

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Item No. No. of Tests
AgraStrip® Crustacea
10002074 10



The AgraQuant® Crustacea test kit is an accurate and reliable enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) in a quantitative format. Results are measured with a specific ELISA reader, such as the StatFax® or the BioTek® reader.

This ELISA test kit is the ideal solution for a parallel measurement of multiple samples with assay times of as low as 60 minutes for up to 38 samples.

AgraQuant® allergen test kits are sandwich ELISAs in a ready-to-use format to reduce handling errors and come with a set of 5 standards, an antibody coated plate, an extraction solution, a wash buffer, a conjugate, a substrate and a stop solution.

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Item No. Quantitation Range Limit of Detection No. of Wells
AgraQuant® Crustacea
10002076 20 - 400 ppb 0.9 ppb 48


Item No. Product Description
Readers for Result Quantification
10002756 StatFax® ELISA Reader (Awareness Technology, Inc.) Stat Fax® 4700
10002740 800 TS Reader incl. Gen5 SW  (BioTek Instruments Inc.) BioTek® 800 TS Compact Microplate Reader (405, 450, 490 and 630 nm)
10002699 ChroMate® ELISA Reader (Awareness Technology, Inc.) ChroMate® 4300


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